cheated; cheating; cheats

To cheat is to use sneaky, unfair methods to get something you want. No one's going to want to play with you if you always cheat at mini golf.

Some people cheat at cards, and others cheat during math tests by copying from the student beside them. In either case, they're trying to succeed using underhanded tricks. You can refer to someone who does this as a cheat as well. Cheat comes from the Old French escheat, a legal term for the state taking someone's property when he or she dies without heirs. This practice was resented, and it came to mean "confiscate unfairly."

Definitions of cheat
  1. verb
    defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    synonyms: chicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  2. verb
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
    “we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme”
    synonyms: chisel, rip off
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    raise the price of something after agreeing on a lower price
    cheat or trick
    fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
    (offensive) deprive of by deceit
    cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
    beat, bunk
    avoid paying
    victimize, especially in gambling or negotiations
    welch, welsh
    cheat by avoiding payment of a gambling debt
    beguile, hoodwink, juggle
    influence by slyness
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    short, short-change
    cheat someone by not returning him enough money
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    victimise, victimize
    make a victim of
  3. verb
    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
    synonyms: chisel
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    profit privately from public office and official business
    play the shark; act with trickery
    rig, set up
    arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
    act with artful deceit
    use a crib, as in an exam
    cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle
    tamper, with the purpose of deception
    manipulate by or as if by moving around components
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    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
  4. verb
    be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
    synonyms: betray, cheat on, cuckold, wander
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    carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
    fool around, play around
    commit adultery
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    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
  5. noun
    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
    synonyms: rig, swindle
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    cozenage, scam
    a fraudulent business scheme
    bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, hustle, sting
    (offensive) a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    a fraudulent business practice involving some form of pyramid scheme e.g., the chain of distribution is artificially expanded by an excessive number of distributors selling to other distributors at progressively higher wholesale prices until retail prices are unnecessarily inflated
    the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
    British slang for a swindle
    shell game, thimblerig
    a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under
    sting operation
    a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
    the practice of sending deceptive emails to trick internet users into revealing confidential or personal information
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    intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
  6. noun
    a deception for profit to yourself
    synonyms: cheating
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    an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
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    deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
    the act of deceiving
  7. noun
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
    synonyms: beguiler, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
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    bluffer, four-flusher
    a person who tries to bluff other people
    chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, gouger, grifter, scammer, swindler
    a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
    decoy, steerer
    a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
    dodger, fox, slyboots
    a shifty deceptive person
    betrayer, double-crosser, double-dealer, traitor, two-timer
    a person who says one thing and does another
    defalcator, embezzler, peculator
    someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
    someone who falsifies
    finagler, wangler
    a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods
    counterfeiter, forger
    someone who makes copies illegally
    fortune hunter
    a person who seeks wealth through marriage
    figurehead, front, front man, nominal head, straw man, strawman
    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
    dissembler, dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, phony, pretender
    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
    imitator, impersonator
    someone who (fraudulently) assumes the appearance of another
    fake, faker, fraud, humbug, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
    a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    liar, prevaricator
    a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
    someone who leads astray (often deliberately)
    charlatan, mountebank
    a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
    a person who is deliberately vague
    someone who deceives you about his true nature or intent in order to take advantage of you
    someone who deceives a lover or spouse by carrying on a sexual relationship with somebody else
    someone who circulates forged banknotes or counterfeit coins
    card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy
    a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
    clip artist
    a swindler who fleeces the victim
    a maker of counterfeit coins
    con artist, con man, confidence man
    a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
    someone who betrays under the guise of friendship
    mimic, mimicker
    someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress)
    name dropper
    someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
    someone who passes bad checks or counterfeit paper money
    false witness, perjurer
    a person who deliberately gives false testimony
    craniologist, phrenologist
    someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
    an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
    a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
    a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game)
    a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
    charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker
    someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
    fabricator, fibber, storyteller
    someone who tells lies
    Tartufe, Tartuffe
    a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
    welcher, welsher
    (derogatory) someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager
    whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre
    a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
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    offender, wrongdoer
    a person who transgresses moral or civil law
  8. noun
    weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
    synonyms: Lolium temulentum, bearded darnel, darnel, tare
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    rye grass, ryegrass
    any of several annual or perennial Eurasian grasses
  9. noun
    weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
    synonyms: Bromus secalinus, chess
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    brome, bromegrass
    any of various woodland and meadow grasses of the genus Bromus; native to temperate regions
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